Ferrous Festival 2019 follows on from the success since launching Ferrous2017.
Hereford city centre will come alive to the sights and sounds of six hot metal forges as blacksmiths and members of the public gather in High Town to create a stunning new piece of art.
Ferrous2019 will be back from 5th April 2019. Brought to you by Hereford Business Improvement District and Hereford College of Arts, this year’s festival is packed with exhibitions, talks, film and of course blacksmithing demonstrations and the chance to have a go.
Live Forging – Your chance to Have a Go and Save the Bees
From 5th – 7th April the huge marquee with seven hot metal forges will be making its return to Hereford’s High Town. This offers another chance for Hereford residents and visitors to the city to watch demonstrations by expert blacksmiths or try their own skills at the anvil.
This year’s challenge is to make a beautiful seed marker for your garden or balcony which you will be able to take home with you afterwards. And we are giving you a packet of wildflower seeds to plant and mark with your seed marker – our small contribution to celebrating and supporting the natural environment by attracting bees to these wonderful meadow flowers.
If you want to try your hand at the blacksmith’s art, then you can book online now on our website https://www.herefordcitylife.co.uk/have-go-forging-high-town. Each slot costs £12 and will last 30 minutes. During that time you will be guided through the process by experienced students from Hereford College of Arts’ Blacksmithing degree who will help you to unleash your creative talent.
All the safety equipment you need will be provided and the experience is open to those aged 16 years and over.
New for 2019
This year sees two new streams of activity: a series of talks and films about the history, art and process of hot forged metal. Talks cover both current and emerging practice as well as a talk by Brian Hall who led the work to conserve the Hereford Screen, now in the V&A Museum in London, but with elements still in Hereford Cathedral and Hector Cole who will talk about ironwork and archaeology.
Simon Bushell, a travelling artist blacksmith and owner of the Nowhere Forge will be popping up across the city during the Festival, and to give you just a little taster you can see him over the weekend of 30th – 31st March at Old Market too. He spent four years building the Nowhere Forge and will be sharing his experience of living simply while maintaining a high quality of life and enjoyment.
Programmes with all the times and venues will be available to pick up at the Live Forging area in High Town during the Festival.
See full details of all the activities here.